The CHR is delighted to be participating to the thematic session “The arts and rethinking the subject” as part of the first edition of the French-South African Science and Innovation Days .
The session, on Monday 2nd of December, from 10h00 to 12h00, is organised by the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.
Crystal Room, CSIR International Convention Centre.
The CHR’s session will platform the latest research emerging from collaborations between scholars, graduate students and artists in residence. The CHR’s seminar explores new ways of imagining and performing subjectivity to deepen our understanding of the work of imagination at a time of accelerated technological and environmental change. In this, the thought of Henri Bergson articulated through Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s reading of Leopold Senghor has been seminal to the CHR’s research which connects aesthetics to domains of artistic creation as sites to engage the dynamics of these rapid changes. The seminar proposes to explore how, and to what ends, artistic practices such as video installation, puppetry, and performance might help us to rethink the subject whilst troubling notions of species, race, gender and identity formation, as well as ideas of “development” and “progress”, all foundational concept categories shared by the Humanities and Sciences across the current and previous century.